Congratulations to Joshua Baker and the Te Kuki Airani Film Festival team for what was an outstanding showcase of Pasifika Films. Running from the 6–10 August at the Empire Cinema, the Film Festival was well attended with an average of 80% capacity in attendance throughout.
“I am completely blown away by the support we received and the turn out to the festival. This is just the beginning of great things to come” said, Baker. With an excellent line up of international talent, the week took viewers on an inspirational journey through the heart of the Pacific. The caliber of films had the audience captivated and Joshua Baker was pleased to have so many of the filmmakers in attendance. With Question and Answer sessions, workshops with both Tereora College Media students and The Business Professional Women’s Association, the film festival sparked a lot of conversation about authentic Pacific storytelling.
“The success of this event would not have been possible without the generous support of our many sponsors. We extend a big Thank you to NZ High Commission, Air New Zealand, Bluesky, Edgewater Resort & Spa, Island Car & Bike Hire, CITC, Empire Cinema, Vaiana’s Bistro & Bar, Te Arerenga, Rarotonga Brewery, Rangi Mitaera, Motone Productions, Excil Shipping Limited, Matman, Kay George, Lokal Magazine, Creators Hype, Alex King, Heinz Matysik, Ministry of Cultural Development, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, Raro Xpo, The Islander Hotel, Vaima Water, the Makea Family, Kia Orana Collective (KOCo), Te Korero O Te Orau & Native Media. A big Meitaki Maata to everyone who supported Te Kuki Airani Film Festival 2019" said, Josh Baker.
Planning is already underway for next year’s Te Kuki Airani Film Festival on Rarotonga.